Keywords for Latina/o Studies

9781479866045: Hardback
Release Date: 1st December 2017

9781479883301: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2017

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 288

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NYU Press

Keywords for Latina/o Studies

Hardback / £77.00
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A vocabulary of Latina/o studies.  
Keywords for Latina/o Studies is a generative text that enhances the ongoing dialogue within a rapidly growing and changing field. The keywords included in this collection represent established and emergent terms, categories, and concepts that undergird Latina/o studies; they delineate the shifting contours of a field best thought of as an intellectual imaginary and experiential project of social and cultural identities within the U.S. academy.  
Bringing together sixty-three essays, from humanists, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, among others, each focused on a single term, the volume reveals the broad range of the field while also illuminating the tensions and contestations surrounding issues of language, politics, and histories of colonization, specific to this area of study. From “borderlands” to “migration,” from “citizenship” to “mestizaje,” this accessible volume will be informative for those who are new to Latina/o studies, providing them with a mapping of the current debates and a trajectory of the development of the field, as well as being a valuable resource for scholars to expand their knowledge and critical engagement with the dynamic transformations in the field.

Deborah R. Vargas is Associate Professor and Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Comparative Sexuality, Gender, and Race in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Vargas is the author of Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda (2012). Vargas’s publications have appeared in journals including Aztlan: Journal for Chicano Studies; Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory; American Quarterly.

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is Associate Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the former director of the Latina/o Studies Program. His books include Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (2009) and Abolición del pato (2013).
Nancy Raquel Mirabal is Associate Professor in the American Studies Department and U.S. Latina/o Studies Program. She currently directs the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for the History of the New America at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mirabal is author of Suspect Freedoms: The Racial and Sexual Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957; and first editor of Technofuturos: Critical Interventions in Latina/o Studies. Her publications have appeared in the Latino Studies Journal, The Public Historian, Cultural Dynamics, and Callaloo.

“Showcasing an impressive breadth of concepts and theories, Keywords for Latina/o Studies is like no other book out there. Including accessible essays from contributors of unquestionable expertise and a solid engagement with the many delineations of the field, this book is an essential resource for students and scholars alike.”-Isabel Molina-Guzmán,author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media

"With a powerhouse list of contributors, this collection of 63 alphabetically arranged essays from scholars around the US defines major themes, topics, and keywords in the Latina/o studies discipline...[W]ell-written and well-researched entries...Other than full-blown encyclopedias, monographs of this type that engage with the vocabulary of Latina/o studies are scarce." -Choice